Duke CE Advanced Leadership for Government

Creating People-First Leaders for Today’s Complex Organizational Challenges

The Duke CE Advanced Leadership for Government Program Creates Leaders Who Know How to:

  1. Make better decisions faster in the face of increasing complexity
  2. Align strategy and execution
  3. Take advantage of change and reduce fear
  4. Increase the impact of our teams on organizational performance
  5. Develop collaborative solutions by influencing and partnering with stakeholders
  6. Drive breakthrough innovation by borrowing principles of design thinking

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What Makes this Certificate Program Different: Action Learning at its Best

For the Duke CE Advanced Leadership for Government Program, Duke CE Corporate Education brings its world-renowned leadership education and business acumen to bear on Learning Tree’s extensive experience training the world’s best technologists in business and government. By connecting the cutting-edge academic research of the Duke Fuqua School of Business’s faculty with the real-world experience and practice of Learning Tree’s instructors, we have created a unique opportunity for mid-level leaders to advance their leadership skills from the best in the business. 

Unlike other leadership programs, The Duke CE Advanced Leadership For Government Certificate Program provides:

  • Action-based learning experiences that include simulations, case studies, peer problem-solving, and more
  • Engaging inquiry-based transfer of knowledge versus lecture
  • Breakfast and lunch provided
  • Keynote speakers from government
  • Post course networking event
  • In-Person classes hosted in DC
“Class was great! Loved the material and the case studies, they hit close to home.”

-Joshua F., Lead Technologist (Professional Services)

“Enlightening and engaging exercises.”

-Patricia D., Senior Trainer and Requirements Analyst (Nonprofit)

“Everyone should take this course. Organizations will be better for it, and it is necessary for professional development.”

-Kareema P, Chief of Staff (Government)

“Very engaging and thoughtful discourse.”

-Adriana V., Web Manager (Government)

The Origin Story: Research-Based Course Design

Through a partnership with Duke CE Corporate Education and the faculty at the Duke Fuqua School of Business, we interviewed top executives at major companies and governmental organizations in the US and around the world to uncover the most crucial skills gaps in leadership today. Through those discussions, six leadership capabilities emerged as the most critical – and lacking – skills required for success in today’s complex and fast-paced environments.

Based on those crucial six capabilities, we developed the six-course Duke CE Advanced Leadership for Government Program – one course for each major skill – to prepare modern leaders for the unique challenges of today and tomorrow. They are: 

  • Translating Strategy into Results 
  • Navigating Increasing Complexity
  • Elevating Team Impact
  • Influencing Collaborative Results
  • Thriving in Dynamic Change
  • Driving Breakthrough Innovation

Duke CE Corporate Education was ranked #2 by the Financial Times for custom education worldwide.

Duke CE Advanced Leadership for Government Program Roadmap

Path to Impact


Course List and Descriptions

  • GS-13 and above
  • Certificate earners must take Translating Strategy into Results first and Driving Breakthrough Innovation last. 
  • There is no time limit for completing all six courses.
  • Most learners complete the program in two years or less.
  • Workshop competencies mapped to OPM ECQs

Duke CE Advanced Leadership for Government: Translating Strategy Into Results

The first course of the program addresses the gap between strategy and its execution, which is a major challenge for many digital transformations. The course creates leaders that can achieve results in strategy implementation by taking participants through case studies and exercises that expose and provide solutions for the eight major challenges in results-based strategy implementation.

Duke CE Advanced Leadership for Government: Navigating Increasing Complexity

Most digital transformations occur in the midst of turbulent environmental and organizational volatility and complexity. This course develops adaptive leaders that can prosper in disruptive times by identifying, thinking and responding differently. The course focuses on developing an adaptive leader who makes better decisions and leads to superior results.

Duke CE Advanced Leadership for Government: Elevating Team Impact

Much of the action in digital transformation takes place in teams. A transformational leader knows how digital transformation affects team behavior and performance, and then inspires the right actions for better results. This course teaches how to create leaders who can establish a team structure that is flexible, collaborative, and inclusive, while also helping team members learn new things as they work.

Duke CE Advanced Leadership for Government: Influencing Collaborative Solutions

A digital transformation must be focused on results to succeed. This is difficult in a complex environment, where solutions come from teams led by people without authority over the resources doing the transformation work. This course creates leaders who can influence stakeholders without authority and create a collaborative environment to achieve measurable results.

Duke CE Advanced Leadership for Government: Driving Breakthrough Innovation

Innovation is important in digital transformation, but it's rarely emphasized in technology development. This course teaches leaders how to lead formal and informal innovation initiatives, using a three-step process. The process involves focusing on user needs, identifying boundaries across departments, and continuous experimentation to learn, develop and improve.

Duke CE Advanced Leadership for Government: Thriving in Dynamic Change

Digital transformation leaders know that successful change implementation and adoption is essential. This course creates leaders who can successfully implement and adopt organizational change by introducing a unique bottom-up and top-down approach to planning and execution. Leaders also learn a new way to communicate during change that makes people more engaged and less anxious.

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